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January 11, 2024
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“Bill,” as he is affectionately known, was born December 21, 1938, to the late William and Lucy Rose Madison.
William left Lincolnton and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly after that, on November 8, 1957, he was blessed with his oldest son. On December 22, 1959, he was united in marriage to Emma R. Way. To their union, one daughter and three sons were born.
William loved his family and worked hard to provide for them. He was a dedicated worker at Graham-Jones Paper Company for over 20 years. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to start his own paper company. In 1980, he left Graham-Jones and formed C and M Paper Company. With the success of C and M, William soon acquired a second business, Madison Service Station. After selling the two businesses in Jacksonville, he relocated to his hometown Lincolnton, Georgia. Back home in Lincolnton, he started Madison Logging Company, bringing employment to his local community.
During his free time, William enjoyed various hobbies. He tried his hand at making home movies, bowling, and photography. His two greatest loves were checkers and competition shooting. While playing checkers against many competitors, he called himself “Mr. Delicious.” He was a loyal member of the National Rifle Association. His final competition earned him the title of Champion Target Shooter for the State of Florida in the 25- and 50-yard target shooting match. He also earned a Lifetime membership to the Cassett Gun Club.
He leaves to cherish his memories a brother: Robert Lee Madison; five children, Terry Shanks, Levander Madison, Trudy Johnson, William R. Madison Sr., and Charles O. Madison Sr.; nine grandchildren, William R. (Lauren) Madison Jr., Lindsey Johnson, Lorenzo Madison, Asia Madison, Tiara Madison, Aleeah Madison, Charles O. Madison Jr., Taneeah Madison, and Josiah Madison; five great-grandchildren, Emani, Olivia, Zakia, Hanna, and Charlie; a host of relatives and friends.